Why bed bugs are a problem

Bed bugs in Liverpool can be a cause of pain, discomfort, and irritation for many people. The city is located in one of the regions with the most insect complaints in the country. Bed bugs reproduce quickly and can travel in clothing or luggage. This means that bed bug infestations can spread very easily. As soon as you realize there is a possibility of an infestation, you should contact Premier Pest Control to carry out professional bed bug control.

Bed Bug

These small insects are a real pest in the home. Bed bugs are parasites which feed on human blood. They will nest in areas known as harbourages close to their source of food – which is you! Therefore, they are commonly found in or near beds and couches, even sometimes in wallpaper or electrical sockets. They can be difficult to spot and even more difficult to remove completely, especially if you are only using common over-the-counter products.

How to Recognize a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs on a mattressThere are several ways to identify a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are around 6mm in size and a reddish-brown colour, and often hide in cracks and crevices. You might also find clusters of white eggs about 1mm long cemented in these hidden places. Bed bugs are easier to spot when they have fed, as they swell in size and turn bright red or purple. They commonly smell like rotten raspberries, if you recognize this scent. Their presence may be given away by spots of blood and faecal matter or finding exoskeletons (empty bed bug shells) on your bedding, clothes, or carpet.

The bites of other insects are sometimes mistaken for bed bug bites. Some people may not have a reaction to bed bug bites at all. If anyone experiences bites in conjunction with any of the signs above, it’s time to call in Premier Pest Control. Check areas such as bed frames, the mattress, and any creases and folds in fabrics or furniture to confirm the infestation. Clutter and infrequent cleaning makes it easier for them to hide. Poor hygiene can make bed bug control significantly harder, even though it is not the reason why bed bugs appear in the first place.

Health Risks from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are definitely pests, but in general they are not particularly dangerous. Bed bugs do not spread blood-borne pathogens the way mosquitos and ticks do. However, when they suck blood through the skin, bed bugs can cause skin irritation and itchiness. Bites can cause a rash or raised red bumps on the skin. In very rare cases, they could cause a severe allergic reaction. If a person goes into anaphylactic shock as a result of a bed bug bite, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Bed bug on skinBed bugs feed at night, and the itchiness can often keep victims awake. This can lead to insomnia and more serious symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and irritability. Sleep deprivation can also weaken your immune system. This is not ideal, as scratching bed bug bites can introduce germs into the wound and cause an infection. Social isolation is another unpleasant side effect. People will not want to be around you if you have bed bugs. The only solution is bed bug control and extermination.

Bed Bug Control Methods

The first step in the process of bed bug control is to remove soft furnishings for cleaning. Put these and any affected items of clothing into a sealed bag to transport them. Bed bugs can’t survive high temperatures, so washing or steaming them should kill them. Make sure the room which requires treatment is free of clutter. If beds are damaged or bed bugs are actually living inside the mattress, these should ideally be destroyed by burning them.

Dead bed bugOtherwise, after removing all other people from the area, Premier Pest Control will implement our bed bug treatment. We will use an appropriate insecticidal spray containing a juvenile hormone regulator. We will apply this spray to the mattresses and beds, especially where there are seams, buttons, and crevices. Then we will apply a general insecticide to the entire carpet. All surrounding areas which could harbour infestation should also be treated.

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